Yale professor lectures at the Bruce

“Rome and Germania: Two Sides of a Border” will be the subject of Professor William Whobrey’s lecture on Thursday, June 21 8 p.m., at the Bruce Museum.

The lecture, sponsored by the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (the AAG), is free to AAG and Bruce Museum members and $10 to the public at the door.

Dr. Whobrey will discuss the intersection of these two ancient cultures.

Much more is known about the Roman side than the Germanic since what we know about various Germanic tribes is mostly from the Roman perspective, starting with observations made by Julius Caesar. According to Dr. Whobrey, knowledge of Germanic people from this time has to be filled in with archaeological evidence. ]

Dr. Whobrey received his Ph.D. from Stanford. He is a German medievalist and although this topic is not medieval, most historians agree that the foundations of medieval culture were built by the intersection of the three cultures of this area Roman, Germanic and Christian. Currently he is an associate dean at Yale College, administering its special programs, to include the summer session.

As a medievalist, he teaches in Yale’s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. His subjects include the history of German language and German literature.

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